Several Americans, both college-aged and older, believe that their rights incude a job, education and access to the Internet.
Katherine Timpf of the conservative website Campus Reform interviewed these folks at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this week.
Many of the people that Timpf interviewed believed that Americans had a right to jobs (video below).
“It’s not a privilege. It is a right. It’s not a driver’s license. It is a right,” said one woman.
Another woman added: "The things we go through in college, we deserve it."
"I believe it's a Constitutional right, not just a privilege," said an African-American male.
All of the people who were asked if they had a right to access the Internet believed they did.
On this question, they have a pretty good argument. The Internet was actually created by U.S. tax dollars in the 1960s via the Pentagon. As noted by Slate.com:
Everyone in the tech world knows that the Internet got its start in the 1960s when a team of computing pioneers at the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency designed and deployed ARPANET, the first computer network that used “packet switching”— a communications system that splits up data and sends it across multiple paths toward its destination, which is the basic design of today’s Internet.
According to most accounts, researchers working on ARPANET created many of the Internet’s defining features, including TCP/IP, the protocol on which today’s network operates. In the 1980s, they strung together various government and university networks together using TCP/IP— thus creating a single worldwide network, the Internet.
In fact, commercial use of the web and charging people access did not happen until 1995, but many conservatives are under the false mpression that it was purely a for-profit venture.